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Moles In LOS GATOS, CA

Moles In LOS GATOS, CA

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A common mole (nevus) is a small growth on the skin that is usually pink, tan, or brown and has a distinct edge. People who have more than 50 common moles have a greater chance of developing melanoma (a dangerous type of skin cancer).  Most common moles do not turn into melanoma.

A dysplastic nevus is an unusual mole that is often large and flat and does not have a symmetric round or oval shape. The edge is often indistinct. It may have a mixture of pink, tan, or brown shades. People who have many dysplastic nevi have a greater chance than others of developing melanoma, but most dysplastic nevi do not turn into melanoma.

If the color, size, shape, or height of a mole changes or if it starts to itch, bleed, or ooze, people should tell their doctor.

People should also tell their doctor if they see a new mole that doesn’t look like their other moles. The only way to diagnose melanoma is to remove tissue and check it for cancer cells.

Skin Exams

During a physical exam for a skin problem, your doctor will examine the skin over your whole body, looking for suspicious growths, moles, or lesions. The exam is performed using a bright light and occasionally a magnifying lens. The scalp is examined by parting the hair. A skin exam is done if you have: suspicious moles or skin lesions; symptoms of early skin cancer; a history of previous skin cancer; 50 or more moles; atypical moles (dysplastic nevi); or a family history of skin cancer.

Early signs of skin cancer are a change in the skin, such as a growth, an irritation or a sore that does not heal, or a change in a wart or a mole.

The ABCDE Rules of Detection

ASYMMETRY

One half of the mole doesn’t match the other half.

BORDER IRREGULARITY

The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.

COLOR

The pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to the mottled appearance. Changes in color distribution, especially the spread of color from the edge of a mole into the surrounding skin, also are an early sign of melanoma.

DIAMETER

The mole or skin growth is larger than 6 mm (0.2 in.), or about the size of a pencil eraser. Any growth of a mole should be of concern.

EVOLUTION

here is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color.

Other Signs of Melanoma in a Mole

ELEVATION

such as thickening or raising of a previously flat mole.

SURFACE

such as scaling, erosion, oozing, bleeding, or crusting.

SENSAION

such as itching, tingling, or burning.

SURROUNDING SKIN

such as redness, swelling, or small new patches of color around a larger lesion (satellite pigmentations).

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